Qhapaq Ñan – Main Andean Road. All the way from Colombia to Chile through Ecuador Peru and Bolivia the Qhapaq Ñan is the Main Andean Road the ancient backbone of the Inca Empire. The 23,000km network of road was built over 2,000 years.
It was in 2001 when Peru first put forward the proposal for the road system to be added to the UNESCO world heritage list, the governments of Argentina and Chile subsequently joined the initiative the purpose of which is to recognize the rich culture of the Inca Empire and to contribute to the social and economic development of the area.
Cusco was put forward as the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Qhapaq Ñan Committee by the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco (DDCC) and was supported by the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs. “This is an important achievement for Cusco and Peru because we will assume the challenge,” said the head of the (DDCC) Ricardo Ruiz Caro.